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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (August 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039915339X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153396
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,860,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of the exciting fourth Monkeewrench thriller (after 2005's Dead Run) from Tracy, the pseudonym of a mother-daughter writing team, two of the series' staples—Minneapolis police detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth—are on hand for a snowman-building contest their department is sponsoring in a local park. The contest turns into a double murder investigation after the frozen bodies of two policemen turn up inside two of the snowmen. Meanwhile, computer expert and ace crime solver Grace MacBride, who has a loving relationship with Magozzi, and the rest of her high-powered Monkeewrench gang are called in for help when a rookie female sheriff in rural Dundas County runs across another murdered cop inside another snowman. Grace and company discover trouble on their Web searches through arcane chat rooms—and also find themselves in danger as the bizarre but believable plot unwinds. A bestseller in the U.K., Tracy could well break out in the U.S. with this entertaining effort.
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About the Author

P.J. Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their first four novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, and Snow Blind have become national and international bestsellers.

P.J. Lambrecht is a college dropout with one of the largest collections of sweatpants in the world. She was raised in an upper-middle class family of very nice people, and turned to writing to escape the hardships of such a life. She had her first short story published in The Saturday Evening Post when Traci was eight, still mercifully oblivious to her mother’s plans to eventually trick her into joining the family business. She has been a moderately successfully free-lance writer ever since, although she has absolutely no qualifications for such a profession, except a penchant for lying.

Traci Lambrecht spent most of her childhood riding and showing horses. She graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota, where she also studied voice. Her aspirations of becoming a spy were dashed when the Cold War ended, so she instead attempted briefly and unsuccessfully to import Eastern European folk art. She began writing to finance her annoying habits of travel and singing in rock bands, and much to her mother’s relief, finally realized that the written word was her true calling. They have been writing together ever since.


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Also Tracy develops his characters well.
heather paikos
The mystery unravels in a very interesting and thrilling manner, but unfortunately the book ends with some rather serious loose ends.
Yolanda S. Bean
The twists and turns in the plot kept me reading into the night.
Kathleen Karstensson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Many will remember voice performer Foster for his deft reading of "Fantastic, The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger." That story was a rich field for an actor, and Foster mined it well, as he easily segued from one characterization to another. The same may be said of "Snow Blind," as Foster becomes Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth as they face not just chilling murders but frozen ones.

It's Minneapolis; it's the dead (literally) of winter, and the idea of a snowman building contest sounded good. Minnesotans are hearty folk and many joined in the fun, filling a park with their icy creations. The fun came to a quick halt when the bodies of very dead policemen are found inside two of the snowmen - a shock for all, the townspeople, the entire police department and Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth.

Within 24 hours there's a copycat discovery in Dundas County. Is it a copycat or a serial killer? There's a new sheriff in Dundas, Iris Rikker, and Magozzi with Rolseth quickly head her way despite a raging blizzard.

These two detectives are pros; they know they need all the help they can get so they call on Grace McBride at Monkeewrench to start searching the web for any hints they can find.

P.J. Tracy (a mother/daughter team) has done it again - crafted an exciting thriller filled with likeable (and sometimes very funny) characters. Sit back, listen, and enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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Format: Hardcover
Snow Blind revolves around Minnesotan detectives Rolseth and Magozzi who have been the support cast to the computer geniuses who make up the Monkeewrench team in the three former novels of this great series. The Monkeewrench team are still in this one, just on very few pages. Obviously after an extremely high quality and popular series so far, the ultimate test for this mother and daughter team is to write a novel with completely separate characters. Snow Blind is obviously them trying their hand to see if they can one day produce that independent novel, while still at the moment keeping the attachment to the popular characters of this great series. Good on them for them that, many authors are too scared of the backlash from their fans to take this step. Hopefully the success of this book will encourage them to take the next step and go all the way (while of course still continuing to write more in the great Monkeerench series as well).

In Snow Blind Minneapolis homicide detectives are disgusted to find inside the thawing snow men at a charity event the corpses of two of their own. As they pursue the case more corpse filled snow men appear outside of Minneapolis. Their pursuit takes them to rural Dundas County where small town politics still runs the police. They will have to deal with a police force that resents its newly elected female sheriff, Iris Rikker whose first day on the job was the discovery of a corpse snowman. Throw in a mysterious community called Bitterroot that has no male residents and Detective Magozzi and Rolseth and the other officers will have their most interesting and confusing case ever.

To be honest Snow Blind isn't the high quality masterpiece that the initial Monkeerench (also published as Want to Play?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts VINE VOICE on October 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gina Rolseth take the lead in this wintertime murder investigation set in Minneapoilis. A major snowfall has come to provide the material for a snowman-building content. But a couple snowmen are different from the others in that they contain the bodies of murdered men, and policemen at that. Another snow-man, found on an iced over lake outside Minneapolis, turns out to be a missing parole officer. It is discovered that the link between the three men is a paroled convict who has been asking after his ex-wife, whom he had nearly beat to death.

The mother and daughter team who make up PJ Tracy certainly know how to write a page-turning book. Of their alternating protagonists, I actually prefer the detectives, but that's a personal choice. I appreciate the humor in their writing, offsetting the very serious subject of abuse with the completely inexperienced new Sheriff in Dundas County. The writing is tight, dialogue crisp, and characters engaging. The stories are fast-paced and make you want the next book as soon as you've finished the one. If you looking for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon read, this is it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Colleen McMahon VINE VOICE on October 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
So this latest from the writing team known as P.J Tracy has all the things that have been flagged as problematic in the previous books:

--the wildly eccentric, nigh unbelievable Monkeewrench-ites with their in the nick of time computer analyses

--the improbably complicated bad guys (this one involves the bodies of slaying victims being found encased in snowmen) involved in a super complex plot

--The super complex plot involves something that both Monkeewrench and some quaint rural Minnesota town, as well as Minneapolis PD are all somehow a part of.

Nevertheless, like the first three books, I couldn't put this one down. I read it in a day, scoffing at the improbabilities yet hooked the whole time. And the cops and cop interaction, at least, feel realistic. Also, I KNOW the quirky Monkeewrench crew are unrealistic characters but nevertheless I like them all. I was only sorry that there wasn't a bit more of them in this book and a bit less of the clueless new sheriff of the rural town. There are other ruralites in other Tracy books that I hope to see more of; this one I could live happily without seeing again.

If you liked the previous Tracy books and could get past their unbelievable coincidences, then you will probably like this one too--if the previous ones aren't your cup of tea, then this one most likely won't work for you either.
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P.J. Tracy is the pseudonym of the mother-daughter writing team of Patricia Lambrecht and Traci Lambrecht. They each live in rural Minnesota, just outside of Minneapolis.

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